Vuzix and Avegant announce strategic partnership to develop full color optical reference design for ai-enabled consumer smart glasses

Vuzix (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a supplier of smart glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology and products, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Avegant, a renowned leader in light engine technology, to develop optimized waveguide optical modules for use in future AI-enabled smart glasses.

This partnership’s objective is to integrate Avegant’s compact LCoS AG-30L2 30-degree light engine with a fully customized version of Vuzix’ next-generation full-color Incognito-enabled waveguide. Together, Vuzix and Avegant will be creating an optimized and complete AR display module that is intended to be used as an optical reference design for AI-enabled fashion-forward consumer smart glasses. This solution will be highly efficient, full color, mass manufacturable, and lightweight. Further customization of the waveguides provided from Vuzix will be available for OEMs including the outer shape, tilt/rake angles, input/output locations, virtual image location, and focus.

The first prototypes of this collaboration are being showcased privately this week at Augmented World Expo USA 2024 (AWE), held June 18-20 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the solution’s cutting-edge optical performance firsthand and witness the future of AI-enabled smart glasses. Both Avegant and Vuzix will be showing the prototype demo.

Building on the momentum from AWE 2024, Vuzix and Avegant plan to unveil a fully optimized version for OEMs at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2025 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This version will mark a significant milestone in the AR industry, showcasing a commercially ready reference design (employing Vuzix’ new integrated vision correction) that combines the most advanced optical technology stacks from both companies.

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“This partnership promises to advance the design and introduction of full-color consumer smart glasses that people will actually want to buy and wear. We look forward to working closely with Avegant to further develop and finalize the combined solutions on which we are currently working,” said Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix.  “Avegant’s AG-30L2 LCoS light engine is a compact full color device that pairs very well with our waveguides to deliver a color rich display experience that the consumer market is craving.”